So my slightly late but last (post) christmassy post is the must do’s of December. I recognise this will be useless to you now but fear less! The things I am about to suggest come around year after year, so without further ado lets get to it:
December is already the best month to count down, but let’s make it better with an advent calendar. 2017 was the first year I invested in a beauty advent calendar and I can safely say I will be doing so for the rest of my life. I was lucky enough to get one of the L’Occitane calendars – I’m going to write last year, as technically it was, they had two on offer. I purchased their traditional calendar for £49, and the other option was their ‘luxury’ option at £89. Now compared to other branded calendars and for the content, I found it to be great value, there was a range of products including a good selection of hand creams, shower gels, lotions even a lip balm and fragrance amongst other bits. I think the only main difference between the two is the product variety and the amount of product you get. The luxury option is accompanied by drawers that you slide out, whereas their traditional one is set up like any traditional calendar. However they are both beautifully packaged and a little extra spark to cold December mornings.
The next thing on my list is, do see a show at the theatre, particularly at Christmas I would recommend The Woman in Black which shows at the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden. I’ve seen it three times now and will probably go on to watch it another three times. If you can, try and get stall seats if you want a small shock during the show. It is a thriller, so I’d recommend no young kids. One that you can take the kids to though is the Nutcracker, a classic at christmas and amazing! tickets release sometime in June or July so be quick.
In the festive season, it would be a sin not to at least try your foot at ice skating. You’ve got a few options, which all range between £10-£15 per adult ticket, with a slight increase if you go at peak times. The main arena’s for 2017’s winter months were obviously Somerset House, if you get a chance try their hot chocolate with marshmallows, that will warm you up before hitting the ice. Canary wharf also have a rink, this tends to be busy after working hours but during the day and weekends may be quieter. Hampton Court ice rink, which is my choice for next year, is a good sized space and quiet in the day time minus a few school kids. Lastly the natural history museum is Kensington which just looks amazing. They usually open from about November straight through to early/mid January so you could push the boat out and try a couple out.
what we have next is one of my favourite bits of December 2017, Christmas at Kew. The whole thing was nothing short of magical. You’ll need your thermals and hats for this one as you’re taken on an outside walk around Kew Garden in Richmond, showcasing an array of lights and sculptures tiding into christmas. From bubble machines to a warming showcase of fire and pine smells this will definitely get you ready for christmas. The walk provides regular pit stops with mistletoe and mulled wine stands, and even a marshmallow stall with fire pits to toast them; I got my hands on a caramel popcorn mellow.. as well as churros, a hot dog and a glass of bubbly.. well it is christmas right?
If you are a lover of the traditional christmas movies, then you’ll love the Prince Charles Cinema, throughout December they have showings of all the goodies, including Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life and Love Actually. Viewings range from £11 – £13 and some viewings come with a free glass of prosecco and a mince pie, how could you not? Set up similarly to a theatre and situated in Leicester Square, the screenings are intimate and create a real vibe, especially when everyone is enjoying the film. They also offer an annual membership of only £10 which gets you discounted tickets and weekly £1 viewings.
Lastly make an evening of enjoying your local lights, for me this is London. From Regents street to Carnaby street and Harrods to Selfridges, the window display and street lights are one of the best things about christmas and also free. You can even take a trip to your nearest christmas market or Hyde Park’s winter wonderland and warm up with a mulled wine or hog roast. These are just some of the things you can do, I am sure this December I will write an updated post, but I hope this had inspired you a little, even if you do have to wait 12 months to use.